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Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT: Strategy and Exam Pattern

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: November 26, 2021 05:10 pm IST | CAT

Candidates appearing for CAT must check the important tips to answer the logical reasoning questions of CAT provided in this article. They can also check the important topics of logical reasoning for the CAT exam. 

Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT

Logical Reasoning is one of the most important and challenging sections of the Common Admission Test (CAT). This section will test your logical reasoning and problem-solving ability. Some of the important topics that will be covered in the Logical Reasoning section are Venn Diagrams, Seating Arrangements, Assumptions and Binary logic. 

All the problems of the Logical Reasoning section are usually of an ‘all-or-nothing’ type i.e either you will be able to answer the questions of a problem completely or you will not be able to answer any single question of that problem. You will have to work hard to score well in the Logical Reasoning section. CollegeDekho has provided some important tips to answer the logical reasoning questions of CAT in this article. 

What is Logical Reasoning in CAT? 

Before moving further, let us understand the importance of the Logical Reasoning section in CAT exam. The logical reasoning section of CAT comprises 4-5 sets of problems containing 4-5 questions each. Around 32 questions will be asked in this section. You will have only 40 minutes to complete the section. One of the major advantages of concentrating on the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section of CAT is that you do not need to learn any lengthy formulae or concepts to attempt these questions. However, you will need to practise a lot to score well in this section. You should remember that most of the B-Schools have a separate cutoff for all the sections so you need to focus on each section equally. You can check the exam pattern of CAT provided below.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern Updated

Also Read: List of Non-IIM MBA Colleges to Apply to Before & After CAT Exam

Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT

Here are some important tips to answer the logical reasoning questions in CAT 2021 exam.

  • You are advised to give equal importance to both the factual data and the information provided in the question.

  • You should read all the choices carefully before eliminating one option. 

  • You should answer the questions only on the basis of information provided in the problem i.e you should not consider any data that is not given in the question.

  • You can read all the choices provided in the answer before reading the question. Sometimes you do not need to read the question, you can eliminate the option directly.

  • You may face some of the choices linked to general knowledge. You are advised to not fall in these kinds of traps as these kinds of questions are designed to confuse the candidates.

  • You can utilise the rough sheet provided to you to draw a table, graph or chart to organize your information.

Also Read: How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability (QA) - Check Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks

  • You can watch the videos of previous years’ CAT toppers to know the strategy of attempting logical reasoning questions in CAT exam.

  • You are advised to skip the question if you are facing any problem while answering it. You may answer that question after answering all the reasoning questions.

  • You should solve the maximum number of CAT mock tests and previous years’ question papers of CAT to understand the exam structure.

  • You can visualize the data provided in the question. This will help you to solve the question without writing it on paper.

Important Topics for Logical Reasoning of CAT

You are advised to keep a copy of the CAT syllabus 2021 with you while preparing for the exam. You can sort out the topics of CAT according to your strengths and weaknesses. Some of the important topics for the Logical Reasoning of CAT exam are provided in the table below. 

Topic Name

Expected No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Blood Relations

2-3 Questions


Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams

2-3 Questions


Assumption and Binary Logic

1-2 Questions



1-2 Questions


Seating Arrangements

2-3 Questions


Clocks and calendars

0-1 Questions


Team Formation

1-2 Questions


You should note that it is not necessary that all types of problems will be asked in the exam. The question paper may contain 1-2 questions of puzzles or it may not cover any question from it. 

How to Improve Logical Reasoning for CAT?

You can improve your logical reasoning for CAT by solving a maximum number of questions from the Logical Reasoning section. You can note all the important topics mentioned in the syllabus of CAT and then you can pick any topic as per your choice. You can either purchase a mock test series of any coaching institute or you can download an online PDF from the internet.

Also Read: CAT Preparation Tips for Non-Engineering Students - Check Study Plan & Strategy

Difficulty Level of Logical Reasoning of CAT

You may face around 16 Logical Reasoning questions in the CAT exam. The difficulty level of the questions will range from easy to moderate. Most of the questions will not require any lengthier calculations. You can solve them with the help of some logic and understanding. 

The marking scheme of the Logical Reasoning will be the same as the remaining sections of the CAT. Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer while one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. You can check the detailed analysis of this section of the CAT exam below.

Logical Reasoning in CAT 2020

The CAT 2021 exam will be conducted on November 28, 2021 (Sunday). The last date to register for the exam was September 23, 2021. Candidates who have any doubt regarding the application process of CAT 2021 or any other section can post their questions on the Collegedekho QnA zone. Meanwhile, you can check some CAT preparation articles listed below.

Exam Day Tips for CAT 2021 - Key Tips to Help You Succeed

What after CAT 2021 Exam? Here are Some Important Things To Do

CAT Predicted Question Paper 2021 - Important Topics, Chapters, Analysis

    CAT 2021 Exam Day Instructions - COVID-19 Guidelines, Rules, What to Carry, Other Guidelines

CAT 2021 Rank Predictor

CAT 2021 College Predictor

For further admission guidance, you can call on our toll-free number 1800-572-9877 or fill our Common Application Form

All the Best for CAT!


What is the maximum time allotted for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning in CAT 2020?

You will have 40 minutes to answer the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section. After that, you will be passed to the next section.

Can I answer Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section of CAT before Verbal Ability?

No, you will have to follow the same order decided by the examination body. You cant skip between the sections.

What are the preparation tips for Logical Reasoning in CAT?

You are advised to practise a maximum number of questions from logical reasoning. Besides this, you can check the previous years’ question paper to know the type of question you can expect in the exam.

How can I answer Logical Reasoning questions in CAT?

You will be provided with four options for each question in CAT. You can answer the question by choosing one option that you feel is correct.

Is there any separate section for Logical Reasoning in CAT?

No, there is a combined section for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning in CAT.

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